The Simply Luxurious Life came into fruition in 2009 when I realized the life I enjoy living – a life full of luxuries, but at the same time very simplistic so as not to detract from the beauty – was something that others kept inquiring about especially since I am a public school teacher and happily single. How was it possible, many would ask.  This was the grandest compliment but a question that required me to answer as honestly and truthfully as I could. So I decided to share my passions, approaches and ideas as a way to help others find their passion in life by clearing out the clutter and bringing in the luxurious necessities that can enliven and inspire each day no matter what one’s income, age, location or relationship status.


But what exactly does a simply luxurious life look like, you may be wondering? Well, the good news is there is not one “way” to live the simply luxurious life. However, there are core principles that when tended to will enable you to reach your full potential and live the life of your dreams. Have a look at this video to see what I’m talking about . . .


Where it all began . . .

Growing up in a small rural town in Wallowa County, I was always exploring and reading, not necessarily simultaneously, but both with an insatiable curiosity for what life was all about and what I could discover.


While attending Western Oregon University and then University of Oregon for graduate school, I had the fortunate opportunity to study abroad in Angers, France, which whetted my appetite for all things French and has instilled in me a passion for curating a more refined, stylish, simple, and pleasure-filled way of living that I regularly try to incorporate wherever I may be living.


Working as a high school English teacher for more than twelve years, a blogger and freelance writer, writing has always been a part of my life, and I am thrilled to be able to use it to expose my other passions – fashion, wine, food, design, gardening, travel and anything French.


Having had the opportunity to live and teach in metropolitan, suburban and rural environments, I began to realize that it is what an individual brings to each scenario that creates a simply luxurious life.


As a stylish, passionate and determined young woman now living in rural Oregon, I am constantly seeking ways to enjoy the luxuries in life. Having moved from the metropolitan life in Portland a handful of years ago, it at first seemed that my pleasurable passions were not as readily at my fingertips as they once were.


However, I have come to realize that luxury is always in our proximity if only we know where to look, regardless of where we might be living as long as we are willing to be selective and realize that more is simply more, not something that will increase the quality of life. Whether it be found in wine, food, fashion, home decor, gardening, or entertainment, contentment, pleasure and a stylishly fulfilling life can be cultivated with careful attention. Here’s to the good life!




Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit. I do hope you’ll come back by again.
Shannon Ables 
Founder & Editor of The Simply Luxurious Life
contact me: info{at}thesimplyluxuriouslife{dot}com
P.S. Many of you have asked if the dog in the header illustration is real. And the answer can be found in the photo to the right. Norman is one of my two dogs that help create the simply luxurious life I feel so fortunate to live.











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